I Went to the Forest to Live Deliberately
01.14.2015 - 02.14.2015

Patricia Eustaquio
Nona Garcia

The idea of landscape is at once gnomic and exhaustive. Landscape is not distinctly ideological as in territories, regions, and borders, or the strategic deployment of elements in the landscape painting genre; nor is it encountered on a strictly phenomenological, affect-based level such as the emotional or spiritual processes we experience when faced with, say, the scale and immemorial precision of the rice terraces. That landscape is irreducible is something that any conversation (or exhibition) around it must contend with.

The statement I went to the forest to live deliberately, rephrased from Thoreau, is proposed as a starting point. He published Walden in 1854, part social and existential treatise, part autobiography and modest daily accounting of his two years living within the barest possible means in the woods of Concord, Massachusetts. It is further proposed that we step away from the statement’s provenance and distance ourselves from the its original referents, until we reach a point wherein the allegorical forest shrinks into a summary discernible as landscape.

The works in the exhibition share common attention for how place occurs within the remit of objects, and perhaps it is in this mode that becoming requires exactitude: Thoreau’s exercise of living deliberately is transposed onto the material life of things.

01.14.2015 - 02.14.2015

Olivia D'Aboville

In constant movement

With a mind of its own

Sometimes troubled

Other times clear

Water is the most powerful element of all

It can devour you

It can feed you

Beautiful dancing waters


“Blue" is a poetic homage to Olivia’s fascination for the ocean. Sculpting

with textile, she translates the movement and the dance of water. At

times the surface is just a tremble, other times it is more agitated

or even chaotic. The sensual undulations, the fluidity and movement of

the works are representative of Olivia’s aesthetics. Each canvas

depicts an isolated view, a captured moment of the water’s movement.


Using fabric as the only element in her works, Olivia d'Aboville is

going back to her roots as a textile designer. In 2013, she spent a

couple of weeks with the weavers of Rurungan Sa Tubod Foundation in

Puerto Princesa, Palawan, where she developed a collection of home

textiles using their signature Tepina (a mix of Philippine silk and

pina fibers) and pure Princesa silk. Collaborating with the weavers

was a great mutual experience and she was able to share some of her

knowledge. She taught them dying techniques of Shibori and since then

she continues to order from them, contributing to their livelihood.

Pocket Universe
01.14.2015 - 02.14.2015

Veronica Pee


My drawings and sculptures are essentially inspired from microscopic images of parasites, cells, and other minuscule details found in our surroundings. I find interest in them because we often look at them simply as scientific truths, but to me these are incomprehensible abstract images that are strangely beautiful left ingrained in our subconscious as references to a whole subject of endless curiosities.


It is a different perspective, a way of seeking ideas from looking within. Seeing the world through its specks, and get overwhelmed to realize that these are pocket universe of limitless understandings connected to how we see the visible world. It is seeing the world in reverse, and as we derive experience looking in at them, we become the speck drawn to its own realm of imaginary landscapes of intrinsic knowledge.


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